Trade statistics and economic research

Our economic division helps New Zealand officials at home and overseas to be well informed about economic matters. We provide high-quality research and data analysis about trade and international econ

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We provide guidance on statistical analyses about New Zealand’s merchandise trade, services trade and investment flows. We can also help with preparing concise briefings on the New Zealand economy and global economic issues. And we work with Statistics New Zealand on trade data. 

MFAT Working Papers

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Working Papers are a new series of research papers that explore different aspects of New Zealand’s international trade, investment and other forms of engagement. They will introduce and provide background to research findings by MFAT staff.

We hope the series will encourage and inform public discussion of relevant research areas, and contribute to the development of policy advice. The papers themselves do not constitute policy advice, nor do they necessarily reflect the views of MFAT or the Government.

To receive future MFAT Working Papers, please email

Trade and Economic Research

Regional Summaries

Research papers

Latest trade statistics

Stats NZ compiles and publishes New Zealand’s goods and services trade statistics.

  • Goods only trade data is available on a monthly basis in the Overseas Merchandise Trade releases which can be found here(external link).
  • Goods and services trade data is published quarterly in the International Trade release. See Stats NZ website(external link) for the latest releases.
  • Stats NZ have a helpful dashboard for accessing trade statistics that can be found here(external link).


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